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CGBG November Brown Bag: Straw-bale Construction
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When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
12:00-1:30 pm
Where: Boulder County Land Use Building: Caribou Conference Room (2nd Floor)
2045 13th Steet
Boulder, Colorado  80302
United States

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About the Event: Let's have an honest discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of straw-bale wall systems. This presentation will include a brief history of straw-bale construction, past and current framing systems, experimental framing systems, performance properties of a straw-bale wall system, an overview of the straw-bale code in the 2015 IRC, square foot costs associated with each framing system, and general guidelines on what projects are a good fit for straw-bale construction.

About the Speaker: Ben Waldman developed a strong comprehension of conventional and emergency construction techniques from his disaster relief work after Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, and Superstorm Sandy. Throughout his disaster relief work both domestically and abroad, he had the opportunity to work on many unconventional and experimental building projects. Starting in 2006,Ben continued to learn from a plethora of conventional and alternative craftsmen, allowing him to become a builder with an elastic reach. While working in Haiti, Ben stumbled upon natural building and investigated it further in the Western U.S. by taking several workshops and work-trade opportunities. After returning to Denver, Ben became a certified American Clay applicator and worked for local artisan plasterers while developing and launching his own natural building contracting business. 

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